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Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Officials Investigating Riot

San Diego – On Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at 10:47 a.m., approximately 20 to 25 inmates were involved in a riot at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) on the Facility C yard. The riot was quickly quelled, and no staff members were injured. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

Multiple orders to stop fighting were given to the inmates by correctional staff. When they did not comply, staff used pepper spray to quell the incident. Two inmates sustained stab injuries and were transported to an outside hospital for further medical evaluation. Five inmate-manufactured weapons were recovered at the scene of the riot.

This incident is being investigated by the Investigative Services Unit at the prison. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

Inmate movement on Facility C has been limited to facilitate the investigation into the cause of the riot.

RJD opened in 1987 and houses approximately 3,900 minimum-, medium, and maximum-security inmates. There are currently 1,941 staff members working at the institution. RJD’s primary mission is to provide long-term housing and professional rehabilitative services for inmates of all custody levels. Additionally, RJD is a designated institution for inmates with severe mental illness, inmates with developmental disabilities and is responsible for providing officer coverage for inmates being treated in community hospitals throughout San Diego County. Education and career technical skills are offered to inmates through academic classes, vocational instruction, and work programs to create viable job skills that are marketable in today’s workforce.


Dec. 10, 2018

CONTACT: Lt. Jennifer Davies

(619) 661-7802